Government: Zeldin Endorsed by Builders, CPF Passes $9 Million, Water Conservation in Water

U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin.

Association of Home Builders Endorses Zeldin for Congress

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has endorsed Lee Zeldin for a third term in Congress. Mr. Zeldin will face Democratic Party challenger Perry Gershon in a race for election to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6.

“Rep. Zeldin has consistently fought to promote pro-housing policies that will spur job and economic growth, promote homeownership and provide rental housing opportunities,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from LaPlace, Louisiana.

The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction.

Peconic Bay CPF Revenues Near $9 Million in May

The Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund has pulled in more revenue over the five East End towns in the first five months of 2018, than it did during the same period last year, according to a press release issued by Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. last week.

According to Mr. Thiele, the town’s CPF have collected $40.53 million so far this year, compared to $38.07 million in 2017.

Since its inception in 1999, the CPF has generated $1.323 billion through a two-percent real estate transfer tax. In East Hampton, the town has brought in $12.86 million in 2018 compared to $10.10 million in 2017, a 21.5 percent increase. Southampton Town actually saw a modest decline in revenues, generating $22.07 million so far this year, compared to $23.09 million in 2017. Shelter Island also has brought in less CPF revenues than last year, collecting $470,000 compared to $800,000 in 2017. Riverhead Town’s CPF has earned $1.81 million compared to $1.17 million in 2017, a 54 percent increase, and Southold has generated $3.33 million in CPF monies compared to $2.9 million in 2017, a 15 percent increase.

The CPF is set to expire in 2050. 

Hampton Bays Residents Asked to Conserve Water

Southampton Town officials have announced an odd/even lawn watering protocol in the Hampton Bays Water District — discolored tap water emerging recently as a sign the system as a whole is strained. According to town officials, measures are being taken to clean the system of some rust problems in areas of the hamlet, caused by iron in pipes, which they cautioned poses no health risk to residents.

According to a press release issued by the town early this week, the additional iron is a result of the system being strained while the town is working to bring the well field in downtown Hampton Bays back online. The well field has been offline while carbon filtration systems are being installed. Work is largely complete on the project, town officials said in the press release, but water samples must be analyzed prior to putting the well field into service — a process that may take another two weeks.

For residents in Hampton Bays, those with an even numbered street address are allowed to water on an even numbered calendar day. The reverse for odd numbered street addresses applies.

Residents with questions should call the water district at (631) 728-0179.